Many of the churches within our district plan and organize Fall events. These are usually fun festivities meant to open the doors of the church, initiate conversations, and begin building relationships.
Often, these take the shape of either a Trunk-or-Treat or a Harvest fest on or around the Halloween or end-of-October time frame. Some of our churches have been organizing these events for over a decade, and others are just beginning. While the weather this year was uncooperative in many areas of the northeast (heavy rain is not ideal for outdoor events!), in some cases, this resulted in a better-than-expected outcome. Read below to find out how, and see what everyone did this year.
Essex Alliance Church – Burlington, VT
On October 31 we hosted Trunk or Treat at the North Avenue campus of Essex Alliance Church – from 5-7:30pm. It rained pretty significantly so we moved the event indoors. We had food donated from a local restaurant, 30+ trunks, movies, popcorn, face painting. The total count of children was sidetracked, but at one point the number was at least 537. Overall, they definitely had over 1000 people come through the building. “We are looking forward to seeing how God uses this event for His glory.”
Bethel Alliance Church – Bethel, ME
Every year on October 31st we do a Fall Harvest Festival featuring Trick-Or-Trunk, games, cider, donuts and balloons outside in our front parking lot. Community members seem to enjoy and appreciate their time with us and we have fun seeing all of the children. This year was the first year we had to move it inside because of rain. It worked well and we think everyone really appreciated being dry for awhile! This year our volunteers ranged from a 9 month old “elephant” to an 80 year old “Wonder Woman”! We give out candy to all and at Kevin’s “station” he gives out some kind of gift to the kids with scripture on it and explains to each of them what it means.
Journey Church – Conway, NH
Their Trunk or Treat was held on October 31, and it turned out so well! Since it was raining, they utilized the portico as an entrance with 2 trunks parked on each side and then moved everyone else inside. All the volunteers were given a ‘trunk’ spot in a classroom and it turned out great! “We had a fantastic turnout from the community and because of the rain people who would never come inside ended up touring the majority of our building! A blessing in disguise!”
Greenfield Alliance Church – Greenfield, MA
They had over 500 people attend their 2nd annual Trunk-or-Treat this year. “Our only goal was to bless the community and by God’s grace we were able to do so.” Many local families expressed their gratitude for having a fun, safe place for their kids to spend some time. “We were blessed to have the chance to bless the community.”
Faith Alliance Church – Attleboro, MA
FAC held it’s 11th annual Trunk-or-Treat event earlier in the month, on Saturday, October 19th. There were approximately 300 visitors to the church participating in the activities and getting to enjoy the roughly 30 decorated trunks.
Church of Emmanuel – Foxboro, MA
COE in Foxboro has a decade-plus long tradition of hosting a town-wide Trunk-or-Treat event. This year proved just as successful as previous years. With almost 50 decorated trunks and well over 1200 people making their way through, it was another successful outreach for this congregation.